Thursday, 23 August 2012

Women and work

Sub-contracting in factory-work depresses the daily wage rates for both male and female workers. Patriarchal values distinguish ‘male jobs’ from ‘female jobs’, leaving the unskilled jobs for women- most often also the most labour-intensive ones. Women across various types of production units are generally recruited for more casual types of labour than men. They are also explicitly denied access to apprenticeships, a major channel by which they could potentially ‘graduate’ to more secure and better paying categories of labour.

Reproduced from:
Chattopadhyay, Molly: Sub-Contracting System and Women Workers: A Study of Mica-Manufacturing Industry of Jharkhand. Sociological Bulletin 56, 2 (2007): 289-307.

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